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Posted by TechStar on Mar 26, 2020 5:00:00 PM


COVID-19 Response: A Message from the Office of the Pale Goat

In these difficult times I would like to share TechStar’s coordinated response and commitment. TechStar remains open and fully operational. As your partner and supplier of process control and industrial automation solutions, we realize that it is our responsibility to support your essential business. We are available and ready to assist you onsite or remotely 24/7/365.

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Topics: News

Paper Plant Goes Wireless

Posted by TechStar on Mar 10, 2020 1:35:00 PM

In the pulp and paper industry, emissions of hazardous gas caused by chemical reactions during pulp production can pose a dangerous operating environment. To ensure the highest safety standards for employees while meeting industry environmental regulations, paper mills must continuously monitor levels of gases such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) within different areas of the facility to ensure they remain within limit values.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

Michell Natural Gas Moisture Analyzers Are Hydrogen Ready

Posted by TechStar on Mar 5, 2020 11:45:00 AM

Written & issued by Michell Instruments Ltd.
Telephone: 01353 658 000.  Fax: 01353 658 199.

Plans are underway to utilize existing natural gas infrastructure for the transportation and storage of hydrogen. Current government environmental initiatives across Europe require 20% of EU energy from renewables. Biomethane injection into natural gas distribution networks is commonplace in Europe and North America. Hydrogen injection is a further phase in reducing the proportion of fossil fuel within natural gas supplies. Progress towards up to 20% H2 injection, produced via electrolysis of water powered from excess solar and wind generated electricity, is envisaged within networks across EU countries.

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Topics: Analytical Solutions, Michell

How Do Flares Work?

Posted by TechStar on Mar 3, 2020 11:07:00 AM

Flare systems are designed to safely burn excess hydrocarbon gases that cannot be recovered or recycled. Flare stacks are primarily used for burning off flammable gas released by pressure relief valves during unplanned over-pressuring of plant equipment. During flaring, the excess gases are combined with steam and safely burned in the flare. This is safer and more environmentally friendly than releasing the hydrocarbons directly into the atmosphere.

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Topics: Downstream

What is the Difference – Instrument Data Sheets and Application Data Sheets

Posted by TechStar on Feb 4, 2020 11:05:00 AM
An   Application Data Sheet may seem redundant when you already have a completed Instrument Data Sheet from the buyer/user yet there are differences in the kinds of information provided by each that will help assure the best possible instrument selection. Because today’s equipment is complex, it is very easy for manufactures to imply, and customers to infer, for example that a function or a feature is standard when it actually requires an upgrade or is not even available or suitable for the specific application being addressed.
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New compact radar level instruments defy buildup to deliver reliable measurement

Posted by TechStar on Feb 3, 2020 7:45:00 AM
In many level measurement applications, sensors constantly struggle with buildup. For example, when using ultrasonic sensors, buildup influences the reliability of the measuring signal and increases the dead zone, also called the 'dead zone'. The situation is quite different with radar technology. Because of their optimized signal processing, radar sensors can suppress interference caused by buildup on the antenna system. Radar sensors are not sensitive to dirt and contamination, so they don't require cleaning.
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Topics: Vega, radar

Non-Contact Radar – A Brief Focus On Frequency

Posted by TechStar on Jan 7, 2020 11:04:00 AM

Radar level transmitters are often referred to as “non-contact” radar because the antenna or “horn” does not come into contact with the product or process being measured. This is in contrast to Guide Wave Radar (GWR) which requires contact with the product being measured.

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Topics: Level Solutions

LTE-M1 Cellular Products

Posted by TechStar on Dec 18, 2019 9:30:00 AM

This blog was originally posted by SignalFire.

With the family of RANGER products & cloud interface, SignalFire offers a platform to easily and quickly deploy measurements where you need them with the least amount of hardware. The key objective of this product line is to monitor and even control without traditional systems like SCADA, PLC, edge device , etc. SignalFire created a solution that brings the sensor data right into an easy-to-use and mobile friendly cloud interface.

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Topics: Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

A Pump Control Solution for Sump Overflow Protection

Posted by TechStar on Dec 10, 2019 11:01:00 AM

Pump control in sump applications is an important task in refining and chemical process plants. Although important, many of these pumping systems are not managed by the plant’s central control system and in most cases, there is little or no method in place for monitoring liquid level within the sump or the performance of the pumping system. The right control technology and implementation on sump applications has many positive economic outcomes such as overflow risk reduction, lower energy use and longer equipment life.

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Topics: Level Solutions

Moore Industries’ Digital and Wireless Technology Reduces Legwork at Pulp and Paper Site

Posted by TechStar on Dec 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

This blog was originally posted by Moore Industries.

State regulations required a major pulp and paper company to monitor and record daily effluent water rates. This requirement was being fulfilled by sending an employee from their main control site to a remotely located pond three times a day to manually record water levels. This process was inefficient, time-consuming and didn’t provide them with real-time data.

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Topics: Moore Industries